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Powerful drug lord arrested at Mexican hotel

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Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman paraded in front of the media (Source: CNN) Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman paraded in front of the media (Source: CNN)
Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman (Source: CNN) Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman (Source: CNN)
Guzman has several outstanding warrants in the US Guzman has several outstanding warrants in the US
A luxury condo development in the resort city of Mazatlan A luxury condo development in the resort city of Mazatlan
(CNN) -

On Saturday, February 22, a man described as one of the most powerful drug lords in the world was taken into custody in Mexico during a Mexican-US operation which had been underway for several months.

Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman, the leader of the infamous Sinaloa Cartel, had been on the run for more than a decade.

 Members of the media were given the opportunity to capture the end of Guzman's arrest, giving the public their first glimpse of the drug lord in years.

Officers said proper timing was key in allowing them to apprehend Guzman without one shot being fired.

In addition to Guzman, 13 others were also arrested.

The Mexican Navy team made the arrest at a luxury condo development in the resort city of Mazatlan, a place frequented by US tourists.

Among other evidence collected, Marines discovered 130 guns, 19 armored cars and two grenade launchers.  

Although US Attorney General Eric Holder calls the bust a "landmark achievement", skeptics say that because the Sinaola Cartel isn't run solely by Guzman, the real impact of the arrest may not be so monumental.

Skeptics also point out that Guzman ran his part of the cartel from prison and question why anyone thinks he wouldn't do it again.

In 2001 Guzman escaped from a maximum security prison in a laundry cart.

A number of attorney's offices around the country are requesting Guzman's extradition to the US, including Chicago, where he is named the city's public enemy number one.

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